Can you tell us about your new album and album launch?

I started working on what would become my new album “Entelecheia” in early 2022. My initial idea was to get all these people whose music I had been listening to for years – Marja Burchard, Bodek Janke, Kabuki, Tony Clark, Maasl Maier – in a studio and give them something to improvise with – little compositions that could ignite their creative fire, so to speak. When we met, we jammed for two days straight, and these improvisations became the album.

“Entelecheia” is a term from Aristotelian philosophy – it describes an entity that carries perfection as a goal within itself, before actually being manifested or materialized. I felt that this thought perfectly describes my intentions – the Music being an entity that exists before we play it. I also have a strong interest in the works of Rudolf Steiner, whose school of thought –  in my opinion – is in direct succession of that of Thomas Aquinas and Aristoteles.

What other projects are you currently involved in?

I am working on a new album with Ragawerk right now, my quartet with which we attempt to build sonic bridges between Indian Raags and Jazz. Our 2022 debut album featured guest artists –  among them my friends Varijashree Venugopal, Shivaraj Natraj, Asha Puthli and Mahesh Raghvan . For the new album, we want to go the other way: minimalistic – just us four playing live in one room.

What are you currently listening to and what was the last CD or download you bought?

Slash, NOFX, Nikhil Banerjee, Shakti, Alois Hába, Bach, Mozart, John McLaughlin are on my heavy rotation right now. I also love Jaki Liebezeit, Moritz von Oswald, Ash Ra Tempel …  The last CD I listened to was “Impressions in Colours” by Izabella Effenberg.

 What is your all-time favourite album and why?

Many! “Belo Horizonte” by John McLaughlin and The Translators is definitely on the shortlist. I love the balance of John’s energy and the Latin-ish lightness, the Prophet 5 synthesizer, plus Paco de Lucia is on that album too…

Who has caught you attention recently that we should be listening out for?

My friend Shruti Ramani has just released her debut album “Jaya” with her group Raagaverse. This is probably the best music I have heard in a while!